About this object

History of use

Perhaps a hyena smoke-spitter mask?

Physical description

Carved wooden mask with a long, rectangular face and a rounded snout. The open mouth has several long sharp wooden teeth (holes in the upper and lower jaws indicate several teeth may be missing). From a concave upper lip protrudes a large rectangular nose with a small piece of rust coloured fabric tied through a hole in the tip. Large eyes are bored through the wood on either side of the nose and beneath a large bulging forehead decorated with lines and criss-crosses. On the crown of the head is a wooden outcropping, laying between two large mule-like ears standing straight up, each with many small holes on the inward side, regularly placed. The inside of the mask is hollowed out with string holes on either side.